Sunday, September 27, 2009

CD Review: Sertab Erener & Demir Demirkan

Painted On Water
Motema Music

Vocalist Sertab Erener and guitarist Demir Demirkan are a jazzy duo from Turkey. Sertab sings in English, even though some of the songs are based on, or inspired by traditional Turkish folk songs. The songs are sultry, bluesy-jazz-rock compositions that should resonate with all types of listeners. The gritty guitar stylings and piano accompaniment seem to fit Sertab's vocals with ease. At times, the album takes on American blues/rock characteristics while remaining Turkish at heart. Essentially, Painted On Water is an album with a colorful repertoire of musical influences that will suit the flamenco-jazz, lounge jazz, and jazz-rock fan quite easily. Painted On Water is full of funk and Turkish spunk. English lyrics are provided in the liner notes.

~ Matthew Forss

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